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The Electoral Machine: Explaining Naveen Patnaik’s unparalleled electoral success in Odisha even in the face of TsuNaMo

Naveen Patnaik won 12 out of 21 parliamentary constituencies and 112 out of 147 assembly constituencies, a loss of a meagre 5 seats from his 2014 tally. So what explains this unparalleled success of Naveen babu in Indian politics?

Without Modi-2, the real risk was going back to bad habits

What if Narendra Modi were not swearing in as Prime Minister today?

Women’s role in 2019 Lok Sabha elections signal a far more empathetic and equitable governance

According to the Election Commission (EC), the voter turnout for the 2019 elections was the highest ever, with a record 67.11% turnout, as compared to the 66.40% in 2014.

Shashi Tharoor, people didn’t vote for Congress. Not because they were selfish, but because they were smart

Finally, Shashi Tharoor admits NYAY would have picked pockets of hardworking middle-class taxpayers.

Every time a liberal rues Atishi Marlena’s defeat, it is an insult of East Delhi voters

If Atishi Marlena is so qualified, why didn't AAP send her to Rajya Sabha instead of two nondescript and opportunist businessmen

The Great Cultural Revolution: The debate surrounding Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s legacy is symbolic of it

Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a product of his circumstances and viewing his words and actions in their proper context is important.

Rahul Gandhi is not ‘coming of age’ and neither becoming the Prime Minister, even in 2024

The nation has ousted Rahul Gandhi. With the thumping victory of PM Modi and Rahul's Congress being reduced to a paltry 52 seats, the country has given a strong message.

PM Modi is inching towards closing the Upper Caste-Dalit divide and some people just couldn’t be more upset

We are at a seminal moment in India’s history. The divide between Hindus and Dalits is closing.

Rahul Gandhi’s campaign was a disgrace, only slaves and assorted pen-pushers will see it as principled and passionate

Rahul Gandhi has been stripped of his made-in-Thailand shining armour and the op-eds by pen-pushers eulogising him don't make sense
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The cooked up Gurugram ‘hate crime’ incident: A nefarious tactic to pave the way for a revolution?

The much talked about Gurugram 'hate crime' has turned out to be another instance where a crime was deliberately peddled to have been motivated by religious hatred without any basis in fact.
The left needs to realise that new red lines have been drawn in India and they have to adapt

Dear ‘Left’, news red lines have been drawn, adapt or perish

The time has changed. This country has drawn new red lines. If you continue operating in the manner that you are, you will perish. And I for one, won’t miss you.

Indian voters are the real opposition: The hidden messages in the humongous mandate of 2019

The 2019 election would go down as a watershed moment, a tectonic shift in Indian politics.

Rahul Gandhi and Congress might insult Veer Savarkar now, but this is what Indira Gandhi had to say about the freedom fighter

Indira Gandhi is on record saying as Prime Minister: “Savarkar’s defiance of the British government has its own place in the freedom struggle.”

The quest for Bhartiya Asmita and the war against imperialist narrative

The imperial narrative and the imperial hegemony are inseparable. For the colonialist hungry for regime changes, it is essential to establish a 'supremacist' and 'saviour' narrative.

10 things Narendra Modi needs to do in his second term to reaffirm his support among the electorate

It is of paramount importance that Narendra Modi delivers on certain core fronts to prevent disenchantment among the ideological electorate.

Here are the false, convoluted media narratives that were peddled in 2019 and failed miserably

In 2014, Modi steamrolled the opposition, because they were dead on arrival. He won 282 seats. In 2019, opposition and media had more ammunition to attack him. He wins 303 seats.

Gujarat categorically and vehemently rejects Congress second time in a row in Lok Sabha elections. Here is why

It was wrong to interpret that Congress' better performance in Gujarat state assembly selection meant that the state was ready for a Congress government

Congress has made grave mistake in not showing Rahul Gandhi the door

Congress has made a big mistake by trying to swim ashore for 2024 on the shoulders of Rahul Gandhi.
Ram Guha calls for dumping of dynasty from the Congress party

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s myopic excuse for loss: Rahul was left alone, other leaders didn’t chant ‘chowkidar chor hai’ enough

It appears clear that the senior leaders of the Congress do not trust the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.

Dear Gautam Gambhir, just like in cricket, in politics, timing is everything

Gautam Gambhir, BJP's winning candidate from East Delhi took to Twitter to condemn the incident of a Gurugram man beaten up and allegedly forced to chant 'Jai Shree Ram'.

I am an Indian Muslim, stop feeling sorry for me

Journalists should get off their high horses and step out of their studios to see how nothing really has changed for an average Muslim

The return of Narendra Modi: What does it mean for India that is Bharat, and everything else

A look at what the return of Narendra Modi with an overwhelming mandate might mean to different people.

Left has failed, but the ‘Right’ does not understand Modi as well

With the left looking irrelevant, the right needs to get its act together.
Rana Ayyub uses the 2015 murder of Akhlaq to peddle fear and victimhood for Muslims, ignores Hindus killed for their religion

PM Modi, I am a Charvaka Indian liberal, and this is my wish list

An atheist Indian liberal writes to PM Modi on what he wishes for in the next five years
Modi's coming back to power is being cited as a point of no return by leftist media

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress faltered in building a narrative, Modi-Shah worked towards ground reality

Narendra Modi’s aggressive campaigning and Amit Shah’s strategic abilities have given BJP the unprecedented victory

Scratch a ‘feminist’, find a sexist ‘poet’ who passes off his sexism under the garb of artistic liberty

An image of a rotten orange was used by a journalist on Instagram to depict a 'woman' who has had 'many lovers'
Caste based politics failed to win in UP, SP-BSP alliance failed

The failure of Mahagathbandhan in UP: Have voters finally discarded caste-based politics?

Congress ecosystem kept saying that while Mayawati will take Muslim and Dalit votes, Akhilesh will take Yadav votes, and Congress will help defeat BJP by stealing away 'upper caste' votes.
Congress is still far from holding the Gandhis accountable for elections loss

Congress keeps sinking, but shows no sign of detaching itself from the deadweight of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty

In Western UP, 21 of the 22 Congress candidates have lost deposits, meaning they could not even get 1/6th of the total votes polled. Congress stalwarts like Salman Khurshid and Raj Babbar have lost their deposits.

The difference lies in what holds BJP and Congress ecosystems together

What keeps the BJP juggernaut together and drives it? Ideology.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav dismisses party’s TV panellists, asks media houses not to invite any party leader for debates

After the humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party not to participate in TV debates, Akhilesh Yadav fires all party panellists

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